14 Apr '11, 7am

GE: NCMP system not set up to change government policy, says PAP Chairman

SINGAPORE: Chairman of the People's Action Party Lim Boon Heng has defended the Non-Constituency Member of Parliament scheme. Mr Lim said the scheme is not set up to change government policy. His comments follow recent criticisms by some opposition parties that the NCMP system is flawed, as NCMPs are not "real opposition". Mr Lim was speaking on the sidelines of an NTUC forum. He said: "The NCMP has every right to speak on every subject in parliament, so if an NCMP has done his or her homework, and have strong views to express that is different from the government, there is no obstruction to that. "The NCMP is not set up to change government policy, the NCMP is set up to highlight whatever weaknesses there may be in government policies and if the NCMP can do that in parliament, I think his or her standing will be quite different come the next election." During a televised ...

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